Reception

 

Welcome to the Reception programme. Reception is an excellent introduction to “school”. It fosters children’s natural love of learning by building on their curiosity. The programme helps children to learn to express themselves, communicate and represent ideas, feelings and knowledge about the world and serves as a bridge between earlier school experiences and “formal” school.

There are two classes in Reception. Please see below for our expectations for the year ahead and information about our curriculum. Click on the + icons below to find out more.

LANGUAGE

While we are teaching English, other languages are always encouraged and home languages are celebrated. The children will focus on the development of listening, speaking, reading and writing skills. We are using the Letters and Sounds scheme from the British Primary National Strategy.

The children are introduced to the initial letter sounds of words and a variety of other activities to help reading. They start with picture books and then progress into books with simple words and sentences. They begin to read CVC (Consonant/ Vowel/Consonant) words and the initial sight words. We encourage parents and children to read together every day at home to support the reading programme.
The children are given a variety of activities to help them acquire fine motor skills. This is essential to form the letters correctly and to cut, colour and paint. The children write a weekly journal initially through copy writing and then using emergent writing.
The children are encouraged to express their thoughts and feelings appropriately. They are encouraged to participate during ‘Circle Time’ activities, ask questions and give answers to gain information and to express feelings. The children are encouraged to listen to stories, to other children and adults. Listening attentively in order to follow instructions is an essential skill.

MATHEMATICS

Children begin to understand mathematics through numbers, counting, comparing, shapes, patterns, measuring quantities, graphing and sorting. The calendar activities conducted during Circle time are an important aspect of the mathematical programme. The concepts are reinforced through the use of ‘hands on’ Maths materials. Many recording activities are also carried out. They are encouraged to use and develop appropriate Mathematical Vocabulary in all areas. Most children are able to read and write numbers to ten by the end of Reception.

UNIT OF INQUIRY

In keeping within the philosophy of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), Social Studies and Science will be taught within Units of Inquiry. These Units will run for approximately 8 weeks and will incorporate as many subjects as appropriate.

The Organizing Themes with Central Ideas for Reception are:

Central Idea: Families and friends have their own unique characteristics.
An inquiry into: Celebrations, Families, Friendships.
Central Idea: Through texts we express our feelings and ideas.
An inquiry into: Creating and sharing our own stories, Exploring printed material, Communicating feelings and emotions.
Central Idea: Properties of different materials determine how they are used.
An inquiry into: Different types of materials., Properties of materials, Purpose of materials.
Central Idea: Being responsible for living things influences our actions.
An inquiry into: Exploring ways to look after living things, Responsible behavior around living things, Relation between living things and their environment.

Teachers and students generate questions for inquiry, then activities are planned to respond to these questions. The classroom becomes a centre for inquiry where students acquire and practise skills to enhance knowledge.

PERSONAL SOCIAL AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION (PSPE)

In addition to the school curriculum, teachers address issues of PSPE as and when appropriate. In a secure and safe environment the children are made aware of their physical capabilities. We aim to develop their skills through swimming, games, dance and gymnastics activities. In Early Years it is important to develop the learner’s gross motor control and range of physical movements to enable turning, running, jumping, catching and throwing.

Students use a range of equipment in different ways and play simple fielding and invasion type games. In swimming, the focus is on activities progressing from Step 1 upwards.

Children are required to wear the school PE kit available from the front office. If a child is unable to participate in PE due to ill health, a note has to be sent in by parent.

MUSIC

In music, students explore different families of instruments. They learn different songs and discover how to manipulate music to fit how they feel.

INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

The students consolidate their knowledge of technology and are encouraged
to use IT vocabulary, where appropriate, to support their learning. At this level, mouse skills are emphasised. Basic keyboard skills are introduced later on in the year. The children are also given opportunities to use Learn Pads to develop their learning.

LIBRARY

All students visit the library once a week. During their visit, they select books to bring home and enjoy a story read to them by the librarian. They learn how to take care of books, develop the responsibility for returning books, understand the role of the author and illustrator. They become aware of the location of picture books, the different parts of a book and are introduced to basic citation. Parents are welcome to borrow up to 5 books for 2 weeks.

FRENCH

In Reception, students focus on Family, stories, materials and digital interactive learning. Children are introduced to basic French language and classroom communication. They are also introduced to numbers 0 to 15 (although we push it to 20) and basic colours. Throughout the year, numbers 0 to 15, basic colours and greetings are reinforced through a variety of songs, activities, games and assessment.

SPANISH

In Spanish, students learn about Families. They are introduced to basic greetings in Spanish and how to use Spanish vocabulary eg. how to say father, mother, sister and brother. The students are also be introduced to numbers and colours in Spanish. They will also be introduced to numbers 15 to 30. The basic colours, greetings and basic introductions will also be continuously reviewed.

Zambian Studies

Our lessons incorporate what is learned in class, using local vernacular. We consolidate and make terms familiar and fun to learn.

HOMEWORK

Students will begin with reading picture books and by the end of term 2 most children will be reading word books. Children should be reading every evening for about 10 minutes and spend no more than 20 minutes on their homework each evening. Homework is given on Monday and the book should be returned on Friday. Homework is not always be about putting pen on paper! It could be that they are asked to play a game or make one up! It could be dramatic, Musical and or creative!

Please come and see us if you have any questions or concerns. It gives us great pleasure to work with children each year and we look forward to a fun and productive year.